Tribal Justice

Overview

The Center’s Tribal Justice Exchange provides technical assistance to tribal communities seeking to develop or enhance their tribal justice systems. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Tribal Justice Exchange has three major goals:

  1. ensuring that tribal communities have access to training and ongoing technical assistance about problem-solving community-based practices;
  2. encouraging formal collaborations between traditional tribal justice systems and state and local court systems;
  3. identifying and disseminating best practices developed in Indian country that could help strengthen public safety initiatives elsewhere in the United States.

The Tribal Justice Exchange offers a range of services designed to meet these goals. To get help planning, implementing, or evaluating your program, click here. Click here to see upcoming grant opportunities and here to see upcoming conferences.

Tribal Justice Exchange Staff

Aaron Arnold, Director
(315) 266-4331

Brett Taylor, Director of Operations
(646) 386-4463

Kathryn Ford, Children and Families Specialist
(646) 386-4181

Leah Russell, Senior Associate
315-266-4340

Adelle Fontanet, Senior Associate
(646) 386-4181

Sarah Reckess, Senior Associate and Director of Syracuse Office
(315) 266-4332

Precious Benally, Senior Associate
(646) 386-5772

Alejandra Garcia, Program Associate
(646) 386-4483

Conferences and Training Events

For information about upcoming tribal justice conferences and training events, click here.

Publications

Peacemaking Circles: Evaluating a Native American Restorative Justice Practice in a State Criminal Court Setting in Brooklyn

Peacemaking Circles: Evaluating a Native American Restorative Justice Practice in a State Criminal Court Setting in Brooklyn

By Suvi Hynynen Lambson

This study examines the work of the Red Hook Community Justice Center’s Peacemaking Program, which uses traditional Native American practices to resolve disputes. Participants can avoid the justice system by participating in peacemaking sessions and reaching a consensus agreement for restitution and repair.

Publications

Responses to Domestic Violence in Tribal Communities: A Regional Survey of Northern California

Responses to Domestic Violence in Tribal Communities: A Regional Survey of Northern California

By Bryn Herrschaft and Stephanie Dolan

This report details the results of a regional survey of Northern California tribal communities focused on domestic violence. The goal was to assess the prevalence of domestic violence victimization, as well as perceptions regarding community and justice system responses to these incidents.

Publications

Peacemaking Today: Highlights of a Roundtable Discussion Among Tribal and State Practitioners

Peacemaking Today: Highlights of a Roundtable Discussion Among Tribal and State Practitioners

By Robert V. Wolf

This report summarizes the discussion at a roundtable on peacemaking hosted by the Center for Court Innovation, with the support of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, as part of a planning process to create a pilot peacemaking program in the New York State court system.

Interviews

Harry B. Wallace, Chief, Unkechaug Tribe, Suffolk County, New York

Harry B. Wallace, Chief, Unkechaug Tribe, Suffolk County, New York

Harry B. Wallace has served as Chief of the Unkechaug Indian Nation since 1994. He is a licensed attorney in New York State. The Unkechaug people reside on the Poospatuck Reservation on Long Island, New York.

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Operating Programs
Most Popular Research

Audio

Tribal Courts and Families: Native American Sovereignty and the Indian Child Welfare Act

Tribal Courts and Families: Native American Sovereignty and the Indian Child Welfare Act

Theresa Pouley of the Tulalip Tribal Court, Michael Petoskey of the Pokagan Band of Potawatomi Indians, and William A. Thorne Jr., a Pomo/Coast Miwok Indian appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals, discuss the  advantages of transferring child welfare cases from state to tribal jurisdiction. This is one of three podcasts produced in collaboration with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Publications

Journal of Court Innovation

Journal of Court Innovation

A special issue devoted to tribal justice. The articles and interviews examine some of the pressing challenges facing tribal courts as well as the changing relationships of federal, state, and tribal justice systems.

Video

The Red Hook Peacemaking Program

The Red Hook Peacemaking Program

Peacemaking is a traditional Native American approach to justice that focuses on healing and restoration rather than punishment.

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Contact
  • New York
  • 520 8th Avenue
  • 18th Floor
  • New York, NY 10018
  • phone: 646.386.3100
  • Syracuse
  • 601 Tully Street
  • Syracuse, NY 13204
  • phone: 315.266.4330
  • London
  • Canterbury Court
    1-3 Brixton Road
  • London, SW9 6DE
  • phone: +44 2076.329.060